If you plan your trip right, you can pass through a number of Springfields while driving across the United States. This is part of the fun of The Simpsons television series — in that, because the show is set in a town called Springfield, it might as well take place in Anytown, USA.
The big question is: which Springfield will get to host the world premiere of “The Simpsons Movie” this July?
20th Century Fox has invited 16 Springfields across the country to create short films that demonstrate the communities’ positive aspects, and highlight any similarities they share with the Simpsons’ animated town.
Says Mayor Sid Leiken of Springfield, Oregon, “There’s plenty of serious issues to talk about, but this is something that we might as well try to have a little fun with.”
Newsweek has called the animated town “America’s Crud Bucket,” which obviously isn’t an image most places want to be associated with. That being said, the tourism revenue an international film premiere would generate for any one of these cities is no laughing matter.
So, are you from Springfield? Does your town have what it takes to host the premiere?